- UUFA MOUNTAIN FUN August 24-27 Th-Sun Get a break from the heat! The Nantahala River is ice cold. The high at The Mountain is 72-80 in late August, and the low is 50-60.OPTION: Drive 3 hr Thursday to stay at cabin on Little Tennessee River 1/2 hr south of Nantahala River. Fish, tube, swim, potluck dinner.OPTION: Friday raft Nantahala River. We’ll decide Friday what crafts to rent.Check in at UU The Mountain, Highlands NC Friday afternoon in time for dinner.Register on-line. $190 for 2 nights, 3 days room and board. Hike Sat & Sun, Friday hiking optional. Fast and slow groups. Singing, board games, or solitude after dinner.Let me know if you want to carpool. There won’t be any child care or structured activities provided. You don’t have to hike or raft to join us-feel free to come to The Mountain and join us for dinner and socializing. We’ll pretty much have the place to ourselves; only The Mountain trustees will be there for a meeting.Registration deadline 8/20/17
- August Volunteer Spotlight: Ange Kahn
A UU since 1972, Ange Kahn has been active at UUFA since 1987. In addition to her continuing commitment to the choir and social action, Ange taught a generation of kids and continues to volunteer with the Halloween Carnival, Nifty Gifty, and mentoring. In 2014 she became the Lay Minister for Fellowship where she is now the mainstay for Hospitality and oversees Membership, Pastoral Care, the Stepping Stone Support Team, and “Fun and Frolic” events. The Volunteer Recognition Team is honored to spotlight Ange and her commitment to UFFA.
- This Sunday’s Speakers
Melanie Hennings, Marco Messori, and their children have always loved traveling as a way to honor their traditions, their roots, and the desire to soar high by experiencing the places and people they encounter. Melanie has traveled in many countries and can speak four languages fluently. Marco started travelling more after meeting Melanie and lives in another country from where he was born. Their son lived in Paris, France, his first year of life and enjoys visiting his Italian extended family as much as he can. Their daughter can speak some Italian and can use this language as a secret family code. (The Hennings-Messori family will speak on July 30th)! Click here for upcoming worship topics.
- Ann Woodruff Memorial Set for Aug. 26
Sadly, long-time member Ann Woodruff died on July 11. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Woodruff. Both contributed significant leadership to the Fellowship and were heavily involved in the design and build of our current facilities–a lasting gift to UUFA and Athens.
A memorial service to celebrate Ann’s life is planned for Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 3 pm in the afternoon. If you are interested in assisting with a reception to follow the memorial service, please let Rev. Alison Eskildsen know.
- UUA Matters: 2017-18 Common Read Two books have been selected for the 2017-2018 UUA Common Read. One focuses on the work of dismantling white supremacy culture within today’s Unitarian Universalism, and the other provides a vision and guidance for some of our work in the public square.
- Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017).
- Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen (Beacon Press, 2017)
Stay tuned for further information about UUFA will be hosting discussion groups for both these books.
- UUA Matters: Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation Workshop
Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation Workshop with Chris Crass, will be co-hosted by MidAmerica and Southern Regions of the UUA, February 17, 2018, Louisville, KY.
When: 9 am-5 pm
Where: Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, Louisville, KY
For more information on Chris Crass click here: http://www.chriscrass.org/
Stay tuned for further information.
CANtributions Is an ongoing community service at UUFA to provide non perishable food items to the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank.
In the past couple of years, our number of CANtributions has declined. Of course, we’ve been busy! This is such an easy project for our members to participate in.
Could you consider a CANtribution of one item a day? Or every other day? Or consider a birthday challenge (bring one item for each year you’re celebrating). Cards will be available in the sanctuary for you to make a commitment for the number you can do.
The food bank currently has specific need for diced tomatoes, pork and beans, hamburger helper and Jiffy muffin mixes.
Social Action Committee
For more information, contact Carol-Lee Baker email@example.com 706-483-2314.
- Open House for the Public Aug. 26
The public is invited to learn more about Unitarian Universalism (UU) and activities of the Fellowship at an Open House on Saturday, August 26, from 10 am – 12 Noon. Rev. Alison Eskildsen and members of the Fellowship look forward to welcoming you, sharing some basic information about our liberal religious tradition, and answering your questions. Children are encouraged to attend, too, and may join in some special activities just for them.
Invite your friends in the community who haven’t been to UUFA!
Can’t make this Open House date? Please feel free to visit us any Sunday morning at 10:30 am through Labor Day weekend. Nursery and Religious Exploration (RE) activities take place at 10:30 am during the summer.
On September 10th we return to two services at 9 and 11 am. The Nursery is available at both hours, although RE classes are held only at 11 am.
- Help Welcome Rev. Alison Home!
In two weeks, August 6, we will welcome Rev. Alison home from sabbatical in a special service, followed by a reception. You can contribute a message for a special welcome home gift.
These messages can be about what she missed while she was gone or about how you grew/changed while she was away or what you wish you could have told her while she was incommunicado. You can include photographs, drawings, sketches, poems, songs, lists, letters, journal entries—whatever media will convey your ideas and feelings. Be sure to include your name(s).
Members of the Worship Arts Committee will compile your contributions into a small journal that will be presented to Rev. Alison. You can pick up a sheet of card stock (from a table in the vestibule) and put your message on it or send these missives to Myrna Adams West at firstname.lastname@example.org or give them to Myrna, Herb West, Aleta Turner, Vivian Sellers, or Karen Solheim, or any other member of the Worship Arts Committee. Deadline for the message to be included in the August 6 presentation is July 30, but contributions received after that date can be added to the journal later.
Let’s celebrate Rev. Alison’s return with a keepsake that she can treasure for years to come.
- You’re invited: September 2–UUFA Justice Retreat
- Enjoyable Entertainment Events
The deadline for signing up to host an enjoyable event is September 1. Please be certain to let us know by that date what type of event you would like to host. They will take place during the 2017/2018 program year – October thru June. Events can be dinners, which are always wonderful, and so are brunches, poetry and pie gatherings, parties, game nights, wine or beer tasting – you can be creative! Tickets for these events will be sold on the 4th Sunday in September between services and at 4th Sunday lunch.
Please contact us about your event
Jane Mayer email@example.com 706-614-4926
Carol-Lee Baker firstname.lastname@example.org 706-483-2314
- Aug. 5 Summer-time spiffy-up!
Summer-time Spiffy-up! Saturday, August 5th, from 830 am – 1230 pm.
Please make time to help us clean and spiffy up the UUFA,
getting ready our our Open House at the end of the month.
We’ll focus on the inside spaces, staying out of the heat.
Let’s make the building beautiful for the new year!
Q’s? – Contact Michelle Leebens-Mack (email@example.com) or
Lee Cornell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- UUA Matters: UUA Southern Region Newsletter
Click here to read the latest
UUA Southern Region Newsletter
- UUA Matters: UUA President Selects Acting Chief Operating Officer
The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), today announced the appointment of Carey McDonald as Acting Chief Operating Officer effective August 1. McDonald succeeds the Rev. Sarah Lammert who served as Interim Chief Operating Officer following the resignation of the Rev. Harlan Limpert in April.
Click here to read more.
- Sunday Morning Singing Meditation
Come join us for the spiritual practice of intertwining silence and song. No musical experience required! Contact Amber for more information, email@example.com.
August 6, 2017, 9:15am Rainbow Room (first room on the left when entering through classroom entrance. Across from the Ocean Room.
- July 23: Smart Lunch Smart Kids Sandwich Making and Lunch Assembly YoUU are invited to be part of the Smart Lunch Smart Kid sandwich making and lunch assembling on Sunday, July 23, beginning at noon-ish in the kitchen and Fellowship Hall as we make 200 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches lunches for the Smart Lunch Smart Kid
program, which provides summer lunches to students who traditionally receive free and reduced-lunches during the school year.Help needed on Monday, July 24, to deliver the lunches between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. to the Milledge Avenue Baptist Church.Contributions needed:
Not a fan of “cooking”? Monetary contributions are always need.Please put Smart Lunch Smart Kid in the check memo line.Please click here to RVSP for this summer SAC (Social Action Committee Project).BIG THANKS to everyone who helped on July 16.
- 188 individual fruit snacks (fresh fruit, dried fruit, fruit chips, apple sauce, fruit cups)
- July Volunteer Spotlight: Chase White
In just three years – since first attending in 2015 and joining in early 2016 – Chase White has become deeply involved in the life of the Fellowship. In addition to singing with the choir, providing outreach to members through singing meditation, and drumming with Palms of Fire, Chase has served as a mentor for Coming of Age youth, helped lead services as a Worship Assistant, volunteered with Our Daily Bread, and worked with the Stepping Stone Support Team. The Volunteer Recognition Team is happy to recognize Chase as our July Spotlight Volunteer!
- SGM Registration to open in August!
The 2017-18 program year registration for Small Group Ministry will be from August 13-27. For more information see the July “Tapestry,” the weekly e-news, or the SGM page on the UUFA website, http://uuathensga.org/education/small-group-ministries/. You can also speak with Vivian Preston Sellers, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In general, more timely announcements will be presented here on the uuathensga.org/news page, but longer articles and columns by members, friends, and leadership, as well as monthly updates from Social Action Committee and others, will appear on the uuathensga.org/Tapestry page.